PhD Student

Last application date
Nov 30, 2019 10:07
Department
GE39 - Department of Public Health and Primary Care
Employment category
Doctoral fellow
Contract
Limited duration
Degree
Master in biostatistics, statistical data analysis, epidemiology, demography, geography, or equivalent.
Occupancy rate
100%
Vacancy Type
Research staff

Job description

You will be responsible for the organization, implementation and reporting of the research project ‘Health impact of intervention strategies tackling excess weight status’. Your research results contribute to the preparation and defence of a PhD in Public Health. The research project will be conducted in collaboration with Sciensano and Ghent University (Department of Public Health and Primary Care), and is part of the WaIST project – ‘Contribution of excessive weight status to the social impact of non-communicable diseases, multimorbidity and disability in Belgium: past, present, and future’.

Excess weight status is one of the primary metabolic risk factors for non-communicable diseases. In Belgium, as in many high-income countries, average BMI has continuously increased over the past decades among both children and adults. Despite the increasing attention at the international level, there is currently no national nutrition and physical activity health plan in Belgium. More than ever, the further development and implementation of evidence-based health policies for the prevention of excessive weight gain therefore requires proactive policy support.

The overall objective of WaIST is to valorise available Sciensano data sources in an integrated framework to assess the past, present and future contribution of excess weight status to the societal impact of non-communicable diseases, multimorbidity and disability in Belgium.

In the context of this project, the following PhD project will be funded: Health impact of intervention strategies tackling excess weight status. Health impact assessment will be used to model the effect of internationally recommended health policies for the prevention of excessive weight gain, in terms of (un)healthy life years and societal impact, for both adults and children. To support this activity, the disease burden and healthcare expenses of excess weight status related non-communicable diseases (diabetes, cardiovascular, cancer) will be assessed.

Profile of the candidate

• Master in biostatistics, statistical data analysis, epidemiology, public health, demography, or equivalent.

• A motivation for conducting scientific research with a view to defending a PhD.

• Demonstrable quantitative skills and interest in public health and public health policy. Knowledge of international policies on prevention is an asset.

• Experience with programming in a statistical package, eg R, Stata, SAS.

• Language skills: Excellent written and spoken English; a good command of Dutch and/or French is an asset.

• Generic competences: Proactive, communicative, accurate, able to work independently and in team.

How to apply

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